HBO2 to air Egyptian revolution doc in January

The network will mark the anniversary of the historic protest movement with the Oscar-shortlisted doc, In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution.
December 22, 2011

HBO2 will chronicle the evolution of the protest movement that brought down Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak by airing an Oscar-shortlisted documentary on the subject in January.

In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution, directed by documentary filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill (Alive Day Memories:  Home from Iraq, Baghdad ER), follows young Egyptian-American journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous who supplied coverage and tweets from the Cairo square that became the revolution’s focal point.

In October, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced that the film is one of eight shortlisted contenders for the best documentary short subject category for the 84th annual Oscars.

It will air on January 25 – a year to the date after the protests began – and was produced by Alpert, O’Neill, and Jacqueline Soohen (Fallujah).

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